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Stories about Brazil

24 April 2014

Can the NETmundial Grow Teeth?

The NETmundial is a one-off event, with no legal framework to hold anyone accountable to its outcomes -- so what exactly are we all doing here?

#NETmundial2014: Activists Scrutinize Brazil's New “Bill of Rights” for the Internet

Brazil's landmark rights-protective Internet bill has now become law -- yet some activists feel that human rights protections have become diluted in the current text.

23 April 2014

Brazil Scores Before “the Internet World Cup” Begins: Marco Civil Approved by the Senate

Last night, Brazil's Senate approved the landmark Marco Civil law, just hours before the start of the highly anticipated Internet governance meeting, the NETmundial.

19 April 2014

NETmundial 101: The Run-Up to the Internet World Cup

The NETmundial global Internet governance meeting is just days away. Despite much anticipation of the meeting following the Snowden revelations, many remain skeptical of what it will accomplish.

26 March 2014

Advocates Hail Brazil's “Bill of Rights for the Internet”

Though privacy concerns remain, the approval of the Marco Civil "is important not only for the country, but also for the world," says Joana Varon, an original author of the...

Brazilian Congress Approves Pioneer Bill of Rights for Internet Users

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies passed the Marco Civil da Internet, the now-famous "Bill of Rights" for the Internet, on the evening of March 25. Advocates worldwide are celebrating.

13 February 2014

Web We Want Contest: Cartoonists Fight Back!

The Web We Want initiative challenged artists everywhere to produce cartoons on the topic of NSA surveillance, in support of #TheDayWeFightBack -- here are the winners!

11 February 2014

Brazilian Activists Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

As the world comes together to take a stand against mass surveillance on February 11, 2014, Brazilian citizens, organizations and collectives are bringing momentum to #TheDayWeFightBack campaign.

15 October 2013

Brazil: the New Internet Freedom Champion?

Dilma Rousseff's UN speech was met with praise from digital rights advocates around the world. Human rights lawyer Eduardo Bertoni argues that this is a positive development, but actions speak...

Internet and Statecraft: Brazil and the Future of Internet Governance

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to make Brazil an international pioneer for human rights online. Policy expert Carolina Rossini weighs in on what this could mean for the future...